Even great revival will ultimately give way to compromise when God becomes a secondary aspect in our lives. Nehemiah provides us with a model for dealing with compromise in our lives, but his ultimate prayer provides a call for true revival—a revival of our hearts.
The Word of God calls for a response. When the people of God truly respond to the Word of God, real change will always happen.
Great feats stand as a testament to those who have accomplished them. Therefore, great works of God can and should be vehicles of the worship of God. However, completing the project is never the end. God is always using one miraculous work to develop another!
Distractions abound, and we can easily choose the good over the best. Making true Kingdom impact often means staying focused on primary goals and not allowing outside distractions, fears and opportunities to get in the way of the work to which we are called.
A generous life is more than just giving to the poor. When we live generously, we recognize the plight of others that are in positions unlike our own and we intercede on their behalf. Generosity doesn't simply result in a handout, but in an enlarged life.
Real change will always spark real opposition. Changing the status quo will always be opposed by those who seek to maintain it. To not acknowledge the opposition puts the work at risk, but to focus on the opposition shifts our focus from God. We need to balance staying focused on the work and trusting Jesus for vindication.
A theology of work is vital for an integrated life. Most of us spend a majority of time doing activity that is not directly "Christian" but, as Christ-followers, all of our work is sanctified by Him. When we see all aspects of our lives as reflections of His purpose and plan, there's no longer any time for boredom.
Prayer is the first work” is more than a final sentence in our vision statement or a nice sentiment for us to express. Rather, prayer should infuse our worship, our planning and our interactions with others. For Nehemiah, prayer was the first work, but it wasn't the only work.
The level of brokenness in the world around us tempts us to harden our hearts and only focus on our own lives. However, the call of God is to listen to the news with both our ears and our hearts. We are not called to take action on everything but, if we don't ever do anything, we miss the heart of God for the world around us.